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Old 12-05-2008, 02:14   #1
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Hello fellow sailors, yachtsman etc, this is the first time I have posted on this site and hope I can offer some advice and perhaps receive some.

Mywife and I took delivery of a 75 ft schooner 6 months ago, which was built in Bira, Sulawesi, Indonesia of finest indonesian ironwoods and teak. She is traditional gaff rig schooner with top sails and 3 jibs flown fron the 8ft long bowsprit.

We spent our first four months cruising around the Celebes and Moluccas Islands of Indonesia which was only memorable for the corruption of the port and immigration officials. You need very deep pockets and patience in dealing with them. We crossed the Celebes Sea to the Sulu Sea, Phillippines in march which was very memorable for the marine biodiversity, whales by the hundreds, dolpins, etc. The Samgir Islands are spectucular. A chain of perfectly formed volcanoes, mostly all active rising to 1800m and visible upto 46 miles away.

We have been in the Philippines since the, crusing the islands of Visayas. very friendly, and hosiptiable. I employ some filippino crew at 3 usd a day, and they are excellent seaman.

In September we are planning to go to Irian jaya, PNG, Solomons and Australia retracing the footsteps of Gen Macarther in his campaign against the japanese. Anyone with knowledge of sailing in Papua NG and Solomons would be gratefully received.

David - Schoonerman
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:50   #2
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75 ft schooner 6 months ago, which was built in Bira, Sulawesi, Indonesia of finest indonesian ironwoods and teak. She is traditional gaff rig schooner with top sails and 3 jibs flown fron the 8ft long bowsprit.
Wow! - that deserves some pics!

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Old 12-05-2008, 07:11   #3
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G'day Schoonerman,
Welcome aboard and many thanks for reminding me about six weeks I spent sailing in the Moluccas in 1995 - mind you, my boat was a bit smaller at 28 ft..
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Schoonerman - If you can get by this way before heading down there are at least three people I know here who are "experts" on PNG. You need to know what you are doing there judging from the war stories I have heard.

One guy has lived in PNG for 30 years or so...
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Aloha Schoonerman,
Welcome aboard!! Sounds like you are really getting a lot of information to share with us as you go.
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